weeknight gourmet

Category : Miscellaneous

Feeding Charlotte

I prepared my first baby food this week –pureed sweet potatoes!  I can hardly believe Charlotte is eating solids.  While I now understand why so many new parents say they can hardly remember life without their little one, in many ways the first five months has passed in the blink of an eye.  They are babies for such a short period of time.  I am so excited for each milestone and development, but am continuously shocked (and a little saddened) at how quickly Charlotte’s babyhood is passing.

While I was pregnant and thought about feeding our baby, I was always focused on this new phase, preparing homemade baby food.  Now, five months into breast feeding, it’s funny to me that I didn’t realize how much time, energy, and effort I would spend breastfeeding Charlotte.  Perhaps it was because I was somewhat daunted and anxious about breastfeeding.  I wanted to breastfeed but knew that it didn’t work out for every mother.

I was very lucky and Charlotte has been a good eater from the start.  I’m surprised how much I love nursing my girl (although I do find pumping to be a chore).  I love our quiet time together and am continuously amazed by the fact that for her 9 months in the womb and for the five months since she was born, my body has sustained Charlotte.  The human body is truly amazing!

Because I had to start working part-time when Charlotte was two-month-old and full-time when she was three-months-old, breastfeeding has allowed me to do something for her while I am away from home.  Pumping milk, while not among my most favorite tasks, at least makes me feel like I am making a contribution while I’m in the office.

And, nursing Charlotte when she wakes up and before bed is such a special time.  I look down at the beautiful creature Tim and I created and am just overcome with love.  Originally, I was just planning to breastfeed for six months, but, as that milestone approaches, I am thinking that I’d like to continue for a while longer.  I am sure Charlotte won’t object.

But this next phase of solid food is exciting!  Now that I have prepared my first trays of pureed sweet potato and pear, I look forward to sharing my love of food and cooking with my precious girl.  So, look out for some baby food recipes on the Weeknight Gourmet!

Interested in being a guest blogger? Let me know!

I probably won’t be cooking quite as much right after Baby O arrives. One of my friends from Yale inquired about being a guest blogger and I thought it was a great idea! If you are interested in sharing a cooking adventure or two while I am on hiatus, let me know. I’d be interested in one or two more guest bloggers and only ask that you write your post in a similar format to mine– overview / story, followed by the recipe, and include a photo. Please email me a jessica (dot) ogilvie (at) gmail (dot) com.

I Became a Foodie 10 Years Ago

Perhaps being pregnant is making me overly sentimental but I realized that 10 years ago this weekend marks the beginning of my journey as a “foodie”.  I took Tim out to celebrate his 25th birthday.  The first of many birthday celebrations we have shared.  Given that our relationship was just a couple months old at that point, I was very nervous about planning a fun birthday celebration that struck the right tone — I wanted the night to be fun and show that I made an effort, but not be too over-the-top that I might scare him off.

I remember being in the bullpen at Morgan Stanley asking my friends for ideas.  I don’t remember who suggested the Donkey Show — an interactive disco version of a Mid-Summer Night’s Dream — but that ended up being the first part of our evening.  And, my friend Eliza suggested the restaurant — Montrachet, an amazing French restaurant in Tribeca.

I don’t remember everything I ate that night but I do remember eating the most tender and delicious lamb I had ever tasted and being amazed by the beauty of the presentation and intensity and variety of flavors packed into such delicately prepared dishes.

Montrachet has since closed but that experience has compelled Tim and I to try some of the best restaurants across New York City and in different cities we’ve visited over the years and helped inspire my love of amazing food and dining experiences.

Gourmet to Shut Down!

Very sad and shocked that the nearly 70-year-old classic Gourmet Magazine is shutting down.  Here is the NY Times article.

Very surprised how frequently my former employer’s name is being mentioned with regard to the Conde Nast budget cuts.  Typically the Firm’s involvement with any company is kept quiet and not mentioned in the press.

The Commander in Chef

Amanda Hesser writes a great op-ed piece in today’s New York Times about the need for a “cooking” role model in the White House.  Growing and buying local isn’t enough.  You actually need to cook with those local ingredients!

Click here to read the piece.